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Learn How To Embrace Lightweight ESBs

Lightweight ESBs Should Be An Option Within Your SOA Strategy

September 12, 2007


  • By Larry Fulton,
  • Mike Gilpin
  • with Carey Schwaber,
  • Kahini Ranade

Why Read This Report

Enterprise service buses (ESBs) come in a wide range of shapes and sizes, and some are so loaded with capabilities that they can take months to fully implement. Such complexity is one reason why developers often seek the simple solution: a lightweight ESB. Yet this choice may result in long-term problems for enterprise architects who are trying to optimize infrastructure across multiple projects. To resolve this tension, architects should embrace simplicity and guide developers toward lightweight solutions that can also fit into a broader enterprise service-oriented architecture (SOA) strategy, rather than fighting simplicity and being seen as agents of complexity.

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Table of Contents

  • A Lightweight ESB Can Be A Bone Of Contention For Developers And Architects
  • Architects Should Incorporate Lightweight ESBs Into Their SOA Strategies

  • EA: ESBs Will Evolve To Play Specialized Roles In Your SOA Infrastructure
  • Vendors: The Demand For Lightness Makes Interoperability Essential

  • EA: Guide Developers To A Lightweight ESB That Fits Long-Term Strategy
  • Supplemental Material
  • Related Research Documents